I completed a joint honours degree in Japanese Language and Contemporary Society with Education Studies at Oxford Brookes University in 2004, with one year spent at Kitakyushu University as an exchange student. After this I worked as a teacher at four schools in Gifu for two years before returning to complete an MSc (distinction) in International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London in 2007, where I went on to complete my PhD thesis entitled ‘National Thinking and the Politics of Belonging in Contemporary Japan’ under Dr. Ben O’Loughlin in 2011.
During this period I also worked as a research assistant on both the ESRC funded Shifting Securities project, which was rated ‘outstanding’ by the funding council, and the ESRC funded Media and Radicalisation project. In 2009 I won a place on the 11th Irmgard Coninx Berlin Roundtables on Memory Politics and successfully launched, with colleagues at Royal Holloway, the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies. In 2010 I joined Media, War and Conflict as book reviews editor. Also in 2010, I co-convened the Global Studies Association annual conference at Merton College, Oxford. I have delivered papers at the British Sociological Association, Radboud University and the Norface Seminar Series on Borders
I teach courses on contemporary Japanese society and Japanese film.
This article was published on Jun 20, 2012